Wrap up – New Jersey’s Gluten and Allergen Free Expo

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Here’s our wrap up of 2014’s GFAF Expo in Secaucus, NJ. This year’s Expo did not disappoint! Nearly 150 different exhibit tables with food vendors, medical experts, writers, expert presenters… you name it! The Expo floor was a buzz with THOUSANDS of visitors over the two days. We met with so many great people, some old friends we made at last year’s event and many new vendors and followers of our website!

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To try and recap everything we did is nearly impossible. There’s just too much to write about. So we’ve decided to write about our top five picks of the Expo. While we were amazed by the enormity of this event, these five vendors stood out in our eyes and the “Best in Show” for various reasons. While our focus was primarily on gluten free offerings, many of these vendors focused heavily on dairy free, nut free, and soy free as well… just to name a few!

This was our second Expo in as many years. I cannot express to you enough the importance of educating yourself as to what is available in the market place. This Expo is a great opportunity to see whats new… and to try it! I can’t tell you how much money we wasted our first year buying gluten free products for Giulia. We threw a lot of it away. Thousands of dollars wasted because she didn’t like the way it tasted! Now, I contribute some of that to her transition from a gluten world to being 100% gluten free. I get that. But, some of the products we tried in the past were down right awful! What an awesome concept to have the ability to try products BEFORE buying them! The concept of the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo is brilliant in that sense. Now, granted there are a lot of gluten free bakeries at these events, and you really must be careful about trying to replace all gluten products with highly processed gluten free food for fear of other medical conditions because of increased sugar intake. But there is a time and place for these products. We believe everything in moderation is OK. Kids like cake! My point here is there are many other products that are showcased at this Expo; seasonings and sauces, beverages and sports drinks, nutritional supplements, make-up, etc. It’s worth it to attend, trust me.

Now, these five top picks are the products/vendors that most impressed us over our two days at the Expo. We’re passing them on to you because we feel they are great products, not just because Lisa and I loved them, but more importantly 11 year old Giulia loved them as well. So lets get to it! Here’s our top five picks of GFAF Expo 2014 (in no particular order):

IMG_4274SUPERSEEDZ Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds are a no shell, dry roasted, and all natural snack in a bag. These things are amazing and come in several flavors. All of the seasoning used is gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free, egg free, dairy free, fish free, shellfish free and soy free. Each bag contains five servings with 9 grams of protein and several other key nutrients like zink and iron in each serving. We bought several bags to take home with us, including the Tomato Italiano, Super Spicy, Sea Salt, and Coco Joe. SUPERSEEDZ is located in North Haven, CT and you can see which stores are carrying their products here or order directly from their website.

IMG_4272San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce is naturally brewed with 100% soybeans and no wheat. No artificial preservatives or MSG are added. San-J Tamari is certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, certified kosher by Orthodox Union and is Non-GMO Project verified. Their product line also includes several Asian cooking sauces and salad dressings as well as brown rice crackers and soups. Have you found a gluten free Chinese food restaurant that delivers? Well we haven’t! We started using these sauces with our homemade stir fry dinners and they are amazing! This product is widely available in food stores… get creative and try some! You won’t be disappointed!

DF Mavenslogo “The finest dairy-free ice cream in the world!”. They are not kidding! Do you remember the scene in the Pixar movie “Ratatouille” where the food critic drops his pen and goes into a jaw dropping trance, reminiscing of his childhood in his mothers kitchen, after tasting the ratatouille for the first time? Yeah… it’s like that. DF Mavens has hit a home run here! Choose between ice cream made from almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. Oh, and a sugar free offering as well! We tried all of the flavors, one better than the other. I swear to you, at one point Lisa and I stood staring at each other, absolutely speechless! Is it possible that almond milk ice cream is actually superior to actual ice cream?!? I know what I think so you be the judge! DF Mavens is located in New York City and is available at several locations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. They will also ship it to you directly from their website! DF Mavens is gluten free, dairy free, has no preservatives or cholesterol, and is Kosher.

IMG_4263Way Better Snacks are sprouted chips made from several sources based on the style you like. A full list of their ingredients, including non-GMO corn, is available on their website. We think these are the greatest tasting gluten free chips, hands down. They are available in many food store chains across the country. We happen to buy them at our local Wegmans Food Market. IMG_4269The reason we picked them in our top five is simple. They brought with them two new flavors in their arsenal: Sriracha and Mustard/Onion. Giulia’s favorite has always been the Sweet Chili chips, but when she tried the Sriracha, she started to dance. No kidding! Dancing in the middle of the aisle humming “Mm Hmmmmm, Mm Hmmmmm!”. The chips are really good. We haven’t seen the Sriracha flavor in our store yet, but you can be sure they will be put in the shopping cart when they arrive!

IMG_4267Ian’s Natural Foods, allergy friendly and gluten free. First of all, their website is loaded with information about their products. Extensive! Second, their food is really good! One of Giulia’s favorite foods was onion rings and we could never find a suitable gluten free replacement, until we tried Ian’s Gluten Free Onion Rings! Wow! Crispy, not oily at all. Then we tried their new Italian style croutons. Amazing! Ian’s is a great company that offers a full line of food products that are allergen friendly and are really good!

There you have it! Now go find them and try them. But most importantly, if you have the opportunity to attend the GFAF Expo in a city near you, you have to go. You have know idea what our missing! And, uh, in case it matters to you, the opinions above are ours and ours alone. We like to share things with our gluten free community that we are excited about, especially when it comes to food. Food in a big part of our culture. Now that were gluten free, it’s nice to share when we find a winner in our book. Enjoy!

Final Days: 20% Off Tickets To The NJ Gluten & Allergen Free Expo This Weekend

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Just two days left to get 20% off tickets to the Expo this weekend in Secaucus, NJ. Click on the link to the right for your opportunity to receive a discount from Gluten Free Digest! Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet lots of people from our gluten free community, meet over 150 vendors and try some really great gluten free food, and get educated by some of the best in the industry! Hope to se you there! Look for us wearing our signature black t-shirts with our logo on the front!

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Update: Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Giveaway

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Thanks so much to everyone who contacted us about our free ticket giveaway… WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!

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But, we’re not done yet! If you’re still interested in going to the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Secaucus, NJ on September 6th and 7th, the Gluten Free Marketing Group has graciously offered a 20% discount on ticket prices for all of our followers when you purchase your tickets here! Just click the link to the right and your discount will be applied automatically to the adult and child ticket prices! Oh, and children under the age of 3 are free!!

Remember, this Expo is the premier gluten and allergen free event in the US and only happens once a year in our area. Don’t miss this great experience! There will be vendors sampling and selling products, a dedicated peanut/nut-free section and free lifestyle classes! Here’s a list of what you can expect:

  • Entry into the 150+ booth vendor fair
  • Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
  • Samples from the vendors
  • Discounted products available for purchase
  • Informative classes related to the gluten and allergen-free lifestyle
  • Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
  • Meet your favorite vendors, authors and bloggers

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Hope to see you there! Look for us wearing our signature black t-shirt with our logo on the front. Make sure you stop us to say hi… we’d love to meet you!

Free Ticket Giveaway! Join us at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Secaucus, NJ!

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Are you gluten intolerant? Have you been diagnosed with Celiac disease? Then you know first hand how difficult it can be to find quality gluten free food and products! Well, our friends at the Gluten Free Marketing Group have the answer! The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is the place to be to find, taste, and try all of the latest product on the market. Whether you’re looking to find a better box of gluten free cereal (but are afraid to spend the $$$ on something you’ll end up tossing in the trash) or needing an allergy friendly make-up line to try, the Expo is the place to be!

The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism.

Our first experience at the Expo was last year. Giulia had been living with Celiac diseaseIMG_2693 for just over a year and Lisa and I were new bloggers and eager to get more information out to our followers. We didn’t realize how big of an opportunity this was going to be! Not only did we get to try a TON of gluten free foods, but we met a lot of really cool people and learned about what it really takes to lead a gluten free lifestyle. You can read last year’s blog post here. There is a huge gluten free community out there… and to see a large part of it gathered in one place for one purpose is an awesome thing! Giulia saw first hand that she’s not alone!

This year’s Expo is going to be packed with lots to see with over 150 vendors in attendance! In addition, the Expo provides you with a great opportunity to learn by attending classes on topics like the new FODMAP diet, understanding gluten sensitivity, or cooking and baking tips from some of the nation’s top gluten free chefs! Click here to see a list of all the presenters at the Expo. Also, there will be a ton of free giveaways to take home as well… you will not be disappointed!

Image 2So, why don’t you join us! Gluten Free Digest has been accepted as part of the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo’s official blogger team again this year! To celebrate, we’re giving away four FREE tickets to the Expo in Secaucus, New Jersey on September 6th and 7th, 2014. The tickets will be split into pairs and can be used on either Saturday or Sunday… your choice! We’ll make this easy… the first two people to email us will win! Just be sure to include you full name in the email. Just fill out this form below to enter:  

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So if your going to the Expo, please look for us wearing our signature black t-shirts with our logo on the front. Make sure you stop us to say hi… we’d love to meet you! If your unable to attend the Expo, please be sure to follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. We will be doing live updates as we walk the Expo floor! Hope to see you there!

Product Review and Giveaway: Luminance Skincare

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Every once in a while we have the pleasure of reviewing products and sharing our thoughts with you on our blog. Up until now, all of our reviews have been based on gluten free foods. Recently, we were contacted by Elena Saxton at Luminance Skincare and asked if we would review their skincare products. We happily accepted the opportunity!

So here’s a little history about this small company. Luminance Skincare is located in Benicia, California, a little bay town just east of San Francisco. The companies founder, Kim Emanual, was working as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley when his wife became allergic to everything containing synthetic fragrance. She couldn’t use soaps, hair sprays, perfumes, laundry detergents and the like without getting sick. When they looked for products without synthetic fragrances they found that even “unscented” products use a synthetic masking scent to disguise the unpleasant odor of the synthetic ingredients. After researching all of this, Kim decided to try making some of these products himself in their home. Now, ten years later, his company is booming with successful products!

 

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…the product line includes deeply moisturizing handmade soaps and skin care products that are both organic and raw. Without anything synthetic. Toxic. Or harmful in any way. Every product is formulated and handmade by Kim with an extremely high level of precision, sophistication, care and craftsmanship.

When you visit their website, you’ll find a very simple and easy to navigate venue featuring all of their products. Click on a product and you’ll find information about each including the all natural ingredients used to make them! Very transparent! In fact, Kim’s phone number and email address is plastered all over the site so you can contact them with any questions or concerns you may have! I speak from experience… they are very kind and are willing to take the time to discuss anything about their products.

A few days after speaking with Elena about our review, we received a huge box of products to try! It was a very generous offering and we were very excited to get started! Soaps, lotions, lip balm… the works! All of it gluten free!! This was a big concern for us because it’s hard to find products that are safe for Giulia. She was so excited to find that she could use everything sent to us!

We’ve been using the products over the last month and have been very happy with the results! In general the lotions absorb very nicely, leaving your skin feeling soft. The lotions have a bit of an “organic” smell when your applying it but it quickly dissipates as it absorbs. The soaps are incredibly fragrant and lather up really nice. Everything seems to work on your skin as described on their website. Some of our favorites are the Tangerine and Meyer lemon lip balm, the Fresh Tangerine soap, the Delicate Cleanser and Rosewater Toner, and the Men’s Aftershave cream. All in all, Luminance Skincare has a lot really great products and we would recommend it to anyone who’s looking to find a “clean” skincare product line.

You can purchase all of Luminance Skincare’s products directly from their website, and shipping is free for orders over $50.00. Plus, Kim and Elena are graciously offering a 20% DISCOUNT to all of our followers when you place an order! Just reference GFDIGEST in the discount code box at the end of your order. Oh, and one more thing…

LUMINANCE SKINCARE GIVEAWAY

First Place: Win $150 Worth Of Organic Skincare Products!
Second Place: Win $100 Worth Of Organic Skincare Products!
Third Place: Win $50 Worth Of Organic Skincare Products!

You can enter to win one of these three prizes at Luminance Skincare. Hurry! Time’s running out… offer ends on Tuesday, August 5th 2014!

Celiabetes! Living with Celiac disease and diabetes… Michael DiFiore shares his story.

As if one’s not enough! My mother has Celiac disease. My father has diabetes. Both of these autoimmune diseases in one household seems like enough of a challenge, right? Imagine dealing with both autoimmune diseases yourself! My mom sent me this web article from Medtronic, a diabetic supply company that had recently posted this story in their newsletter. We thought it was important to share. Just goes to show you that you never know what cards you will be dealt in life. The important lesson here is that nothing in life is too big or problematic to handle when you stay positive and stay on track. Michael is a great example of that.

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We originally ran this story in 2011, the first year of News to Infuse, and it was a popular story amongst our readers at that time. Three years later, we have many more readers, so we wanted to share Michael’s story again for our newer readers or those who may have missed it the first time around. Enjoy!

 

Michael DiFiore, who is living with type 1 diabetes and celiac, an autoimmune disease thatnti-jun-article3-img1 affects the digestive system. According to the JDRF, he’s not alone: 1 in 10 people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac. (In the general population, approximately 1 in 100 people have celiac.) Thanks Michael for sharing your story and tips for others managing both conditions.

 

The year was 1989. I was 5. That year George H.W. Bush would become the 41st president, the Berlin wall would fall, the A’s would sweep the Giants in 4, cell phones were the size of bricks, and I would be diagnosed with Diabetes. Needless to say, this was a life altering event of epic proportions. As awful as this felt, in hindsight it wasn’t the worst thing to happen to me. No, the worst was also being diagnosed with Celiac only a year or two later.

 

Even back in those days, Diabetes was easy to diagnose. But Celiac, even today, often goes under the radar. Similar to my diabetes, my parents knew something was wrong with me. I was ravenously hungry and despite eating everything in sight I still looked like I was starving and malnourished.

 

Then the tests started. I felt like I was on the show medical mysteries with everything I had to go through. Other than the massive horse-pill that I had to take because they thought I was lactose intolerant, my favorite had to be the radioactive milkshake – yummy! Eventually a biopsy was done, and thanks to my completely smooth small intestine (which is not the way it is supposed to look), they realized the culprit. Today you can start with a simple blood test.

 

While I had it bad, I can’t even imagine what my parents were going through with first the Diabetes and then the Celiac diagnosis. I can’t even imagine what it was like for my mom to tell me, a seven year old boy, that I could no longer eat Lucky Charms if my blood sugar was low (thank goodness for Fruity Pebbles!). You see, Celiac is an autoimmune disease that affects the digestive system and causes the body to react to gluten, a protein found in all forms of wheat, rye and barley.

 

Today many of us take for granted the ability to go to a local grocery store and find a gluten free section or packaging marked gluten free, or allergy information at the bottom of a label. Back then, none of these conveniences existed. To get any specialized gluten free foods my parents either had to make it or mail-order it from across the country.

 

Of course eating out was another huge challenge in its own right. This reminds me of when we went to McDonald’s and ordered my burgers without a bun and the person working the drive-through asked my mom, “Is this for your dog? We have a woman that comes in and does the same thing for her dogs.” To which my mom responded, “Umm, no. This is for my son who is allergic to bread.”

 

Needless to say, just like with Diabetes, we’ve come a long way since those days. Still, having both Diabetes and Celiac is a total pain. But, if you’re celiabetic (what I like to call myself), here are a few tips from me to you about how to get through it.

 

1) Do right. I don’t think my life has ever been more difficult because I did the right thing. Of course there are those times of temptation – perhaps I didn’t give myself insulin as soon as I should have or I knowingly let some gluten slip into my diet. The effect of not doing right in these situations is not worth the high BG all day or night or side effects of the gluten.

 

2) Own your celiabetes, don’t let it own you. Life isn’t easy. In fact, life can be downright tough, ugly, cruel and unfair. We didn’t ask to have celiabetes, but that doesn’t mean we have to be victims. We are who we are and we have to make the best of what we have been given. Don’t give up.

 

3) Bad things happen, but keep a positive mental attitude, learn from your mistakes, and don’t look back. Enough said.

 

4) Live your life. Follow my lines of advice above and this will be easy. There’s no good reason having celiabetes should hold you back from living your dreams. For me, as much as I would like a cure for both diabetes and celiac (and be able to eat a big bowl of Lucky Charms whenever I wanted to again), I know things are getting better for both – from my insulin pump and CGM for my diabetes to the gluten-free section in grocery stores. I also know that they have both made me a better person, from growing up with responsibility to eating healthier foods.

“Gluten Free” Phone Apps Help Navigate Your Way Through A Gluten Filled World

Most of us are using smart phones these days, right? Schedules, contacts, emails, and so on. But, did you know you can use your smart phone to find gluten free restaurants? Or checking to see if a food product is gluten free by scanning its UPC code? Lisa and I have been using these apps for a while now. Even Giulia is using them on her iPod! These are great tools to quickly get information on a product while standing in the aisle of a grocery store or if you’re in the car and need to find a safe place to stop for something to eat.

Most of these apps are free or have a small price tag, but they are well worth it. They save time and in a lot of cases they save you the effort of having to call the customer service number on the back of a box! These are a few apps that we have been using with much success. Download them and try ‘em out!

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 ipiit 

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 9.02.28 AM“More and more of us have food allergies or specific food preferences and perhaps you just found out that you have Celiac disease. What ingredients should you avoid? Just pick your preferences and ipiit, The Food Ambassador will make the food-part easier. We are constantly refining and adding more preferences. Help us prioritize what preference to add next.”

 

ipiit is one of our favorite apps and the one we use most often. It’s a free app and is simple to set up, creating a very functional app based on your preferences. It’s literally as simple as scanning the UPC and ipiit does the rest. The product listings are extensive and accurate, but in the event a product you scan does not appear on their list you have the option of becoming and “ambassador” by sending photos of the product information directly to ipiit through the app. Their team will then research the product and add it to their inventory. What better way to help our cause by participating in something that will ultimately make all of our lives easier! This is a great app for Giulia (age 10) to use as well because it helps her to understand the importance of reading labels and empowers her to check things on her own. A great tool for anyone who suffers from food related allergies and intolerances!

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Is That Gluten Free? For Groceries

“Is That Gluten Free? This question can be confusing and often overwhelming. But that’s about to change!! We have done the legwork and compiled tons & tons (and more tons) of data to provide you with manufacturer verified gluten free product information at your fingertips!!

Launched in August of 2009, Is That Gluten Free? is designed for those with gluten sensitivities, Celiac Disease or anyone wanting more information on gluten-free products or leading a gluten free lifestyle. Available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Enjoy!”

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Another great app for searching food items that are gluten free. This one is gluten specific, but allows you to search food products by name, categories, and brand including food market name brands. This app takes some getting used to as far as navigating, but it is very extensive and provides specific details such as validation dates and company statements regarding their preparation of gluten free products. They even include company phone numbers and website links at the bottom of each detail page. This app is a bit hefty in price at $7.99, but is well worth it in our opinion.

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Find Me Gluten Free

“Find Me Gluten Free helps you eat gluten-free. View local business ratings and reviews, gluten-free menus, get directions, and call them right from the app. Also, easily view gluten-free menus and allergen lists of chains and fast food restaurants. Find gluten-free pizza, bakeries, fast food, local businesses, and more!”

This is another free app that is really helpful and accurate! This app searches based on your current location, by business name, or by a list of popular chains and identifies restaurants that are gluten free or have gluten free menu items. What makes this app Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 11.28.32 AMawesome is that it acts like a social media site in that the users can rate each restaurant based on their experience. Another great opportunity for the Celiac and gluten intolerant communities to help each other out when trying to find a safe place to grab a meal while on the run, out of town, or just looking for great place to go on date night!

The mapping feature and the in-app calling feature are great add-ons that make the functionality very useful. Users can also read the reviews posted by other users or visit the website of the restaurant without having to use a search engine. The app also allows restaurants to advertise money saving deals and coupons that you can present to your server! Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 11.29.36 AMOne other great feature of this app is the “Dining Card” page. This page gives a very brief, but clear definition of Celiac disease and gluten intolerance and identifies examples of foods that are safe to eat, foods and additives to be cautious about, and foods and additives that you must avoid. It’s a nice tool to show your server to help them understand what your food restrictions are if there is ever a question.

But user beware… you may already realize these apps are not a failsafe method to eating gluten free at a restaurant! While gluten intolerant people may be able to afford an slight exposure, Celiacs should not risk eating at restaurants they are not familiar with or where the risk of cross contamination is high. If there is a remote chance that the restaurant staff may not completely understand what your food restrictions are, then you are putting yourself at risk for exposure. These apps are useful tools to help you navigate a gluten filled world. They should never replace your own intuition if you are unsure. I hate to use the cliché “go with your gut”, but it’s your gut your ultimately protecting, right?

Do you use and app that’s different than what we’ve listed here? Share them with us in the comments section below and let us know how they work for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Gluten Free Digest’s guest appearance on GFree and Happy Show

On Monday, March 24th, Lisa and I were guests on the live podcast “The GFree and Happy Show” hosted by Kathy Nelson. The topic was celiac testing in children and we were asked to join the show to share our story. Thanks again to Kathy for giving us the opportunity to share our experiences with her audience. Hopefully we were able to bring some insight when it comes to dealing with celiac disease in children.

Here’s the show!

How To Keep Your Gluten Free Kids Safe – Gluten Free School Podcast #37

tomlisaciminoRecently we had the honor of being interviewed by our good friend and gluten free advocate Jennifer Fugo-Gresh from Gluten Free School. One of the more frequent questions Jennifer gets from her audience is how to deal with gluten related issues in children. We were very excited to be able to share our experiences with Jennifer and her on-line community at Gluten Free School!

IMG_2693In January of 2012 our oldest daughter Giulia was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 8… the reason why we started this blog. Our goal ever since has been to advocate for celiac awareness. We want to make sure Giulia, and anyone else with gluten related food issues, have the tools to be able to navigate life in a gluten world.

Click Gluten Free School/podcast 37 to listen to the 30 minute podcast. Thanks again to Jennifer for the opportunity to represent the celiac community on her show!

Have You Ever Donated Blood? Will You???

I’m diverting from our typical Celiac / gluten free content to talk about something that… well, frankly is just as important. It’s always out there, but we never pay attention to it until it hits close to home.

We see the commercials on TV asking people to donate blood every day. But how many of us actually pay attention to the cry for help? I had a conversation with Giulia recently after seeing one of these commercials. Her immediate response after seeing the it was “I’m never giving blood… ever!”, clinching her arm as if she had just had a needle in her arm. She’s 10 years old… I would expect her to say that. Fear of the unknown dictates many of the decisions we make in life. I saw a teaching moment here…

We talked about blood type and what type we are. I showed her my blood donor card and talked about how one pint of blood could be used in so many ways. I asked what scared her about it. She said “it will hurt”. Yes… a little in the beginning, but then its fine. I compared it to the several blood tests she’s had related to her Celiac disease,  and how in the beginning her anxiety about it was really high, but now she knows its no big deal. A quick pinch in the beginning and thats it. Giving blood is very similar, it just takes a little longer. Giulia understood, but the concept still wigged her out. Then I explained the fact that donating blood could save a life. Her eyes focused on me… her clinched arm relaxed. I told her she was too young to donate blood right now, but I asked if she would reconsider donating if it was going to help a special person? “What if mommy or daddy needed blood? What if your little sister needed blood? Does that change things a little knowing that you would be helping someone you love?” Changing the perspective a bit seemed to work. The thing is she doesn’t have to make that decision right now. But maybe when the time comes, Giulia will be more inclined to consider the positive impact this could have on someones life.

Here are some quick facts to look at if you’ve ever considered giving blood but were too afraid to:
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If you’re a regular donor… thank you! If you’ve never donated before, why not consider it. You could help save a life, too!  Visit the American Red Cross and the Blood Centers of the Pacific for more information about how you can help. Be a hero…donate!